Monday, February 19, 2018

Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP) News

Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP) News
We are pleased to announce the first release of the Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP), a comprehensive, searchable and browsable digital collection of literary and subliterary texts surviving on papyrus and other portable materials from Egypt and other areas of the ancient Mediterranean. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft within their Bilateral Digital Humanities Programm and directed by Roger Bagnall and myself. In addition to the core team, represented by James Cowey, Tom Elliott, Holger Essler, Carmen Lanz, and Marcel Keller, we received crucial support from Willy Clarysse and Mark Depauw in Leuven, who furnished the nearly 15,000 Leuven Database of Ancient Books files that serve as the descriptive backbone of each record. Further assistance was given by the Anagnosis project in Würzburg, Nicola Reggiani and the Corpus of Greek Medical Papyri project at the University of Parma, Gianluca Del Mastro and the the Centro Internazionale per lo Studio dei Papiri Ercolanesi in Naples, Daniel Riaño (Madrid), Julia Lougovaya (Heidelberg), Valeria Piano (Florence), Dot Porter, and Winona Salewsky. Josh Sosin, Hugh Cayless and Ryan Baumann at Duke University's Collaboratory for Classics Computing deserve special thanks for their help transferring the code stack to Heidelberg and their work reintegrating DCLP into the environment. Once we have completed integration testing, will serve as the DCLP home.
DCLP has produced both software and digital content of value to scholars who work with ancient literature and book culture (e.g., classical philologists, theologians, and ancient historians). Nearly 15,000 fragments of ancient literary works have been documented in the form of open, digital "metadata" records available online on the DCLP demonstration website, and nearly 1,000 searchable texts have been encoded and incorporated into these records to date.
Examples can be found here:
School tablet with Pythagoras sententia and conjugation paradigm
The website itself constitutes another important output of the project: a version of the software that powers, customized for the specific needs of literary papyri. In addition to the, all DCLP code and data are openly available from
DCLP texts can be searched together with DDbDP documents, which is in fact the default search setting, or alone as a single corpus. To limit a search only to DCLP, select “All DCLP records” in the drop-down menu under “Collection,” or click here. The interface itself will be familiar to anyone who has used and offers several browsing options, including by Author/Work, Series, and TM Number. TM browse is only a temporary service; in the future, users will be able to search by specific TM numbers.
As with, DCLP is community supported. We welcome submissions by colleagues and students around the world in the form of updated metadata, Greek or Latin texts, emendation proposals, new or re-editions of texts. In particular, we are interested in increasing the number of transcriptions of previously published papyri.
If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
Best wishes,
Rodney Ast 
Institut f. Papyrologie 
Universität Heidelberg 
Marstallstrasse 6 69117 

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